AC3 5.1 surround sound without passthrough, simultaneous output to both SPDIF and HDMI

Using XBMC Eden on Ubuntu 12.04 (precise pangolin) has been a very positive experience so far, including Live TV. Except for the TV remote (to turn the screen on and off), there's only one controller left that we use - the one for the Linux box running XBMC. Previously we needed another one for the audio receiver, as XBMC wasn't able to adjust the volume of passthrough sound, but that's no longer the case.

XBMC Fullscreen Pointer Issues

When setting up a Linux based HTPC, 'waf' criteria require a remote to be added to the setup, as keyboard mouse combination usually don't get accepted for the living room. While many button based remotes work fine out-of-the-box with XBMC, sometimes a real pointer devices is needed to control different applications (e.g. flash games). Also, XBMC can be fully controlled by just using the mouse.

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